Theo van den Hout

Arthur and Joann Rasmussen Professor of Hittite and Anatolian Languages

Ph.D. Universiteit van Amsterdam, 1989
Teaching at Chicago since 2000.

Special Interests

Hittite Language and Literature, Anatolian languages and the history of Anatolia in the pre-classic times.
Executive Editor, Chicago Hittite Dictionary

Theo van den Hout received his PhD in Hittite and Anatolian languages from the University of Amsterdam in 1989 after a BA and MA in Classics, Comparative Indo-European linguistics and Anatolian studies at both Leiden and Amsterdam.  Currently he is Professor of Hittite and Anatolian Languages at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, and editor-in-chief of the Chicago Hittite Dictionary (CHD) since 2000.  He is the author of several books, most recently “The Elements of Hittite” (Cambridge UP 2011) and many articles.

While interested in all aspects of Late Bronze and Iron Age Anatolia his work focuses on Hittite culture, history, and language.  Besides his work on the dictionary his recent personal interests are ancient record management, literacy and writing in Hittite society.


SELECTED Publications:



  • 1995       Der Ulmitešub-Vertrag. Eine prosopographische Untersuchung. Studien zu den Boğazköy-Texte (StBoT), Heft 38, xx + 326 pp., Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden.
  • 1998      The Purity of Kingship. An Edition of CTH 569 and Related Hittite Oracle Inquiries of  Tutḫaliya IV. Documenta et Monumenta Orientis Antiqui 25, xxi + 371pp + eight plates, Brill, Leiden, Boston, Köln.      
  • 2010    Keilschrifttexte aus Boghazköi, Neunundfünfzigstes Heft: Texte aus dem Bezirk des Grossen Tempels X xvii + 50pp., Gebr. Mann Verlag, Berlin.        
  • 2011   The Elements of Hittite, xv + 204pp., Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.


  • 1991     The Hittite Instruction for the Royal Bodyguard with H.G. Güterbock, The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, Assyriological Studies 24, xvi + 99 pp. Chicago, Illinois.            
  • 1999   Geschichte des Hethitischen Reiches von Horst Klengel unter Mitwirkung von Fiorella Imparati, Volkert Haas und Theo P.J. van den Hout, Handbuch der Orientalistik 1. Abt. 34. Band, xxvi + 428pp. + 63 Abb., Leiden, Boston, Köln. 
  • 2002,2005,2013 The Hittite Dictionary of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, Š Fascicle 1 ša-to šaptamenzu; Fascicle 2 šaptamenzu to -ši-; Fascicle 3 še to LÚšizišalla-, H.G. Güterbock†, H.A. Hoffner, Jr. †, Th.P.J. van den Hout, Chicago, viii + 508pp. Chicago.                                  

Articles (since 2009)

  • 2009a   “A Century of Hittite Text Dating and the Origins of the Hittite Cuneiform Script”, Incontri  Linguistici 32  (2009) 11-35.                                
  • 2009b   “Reflections on the Origins and Development of the Hittite Tablet Collections in Ḫattuša and Their Consequences for the Rise of Hittite Literacy” in F. Pecchioli Daddi/G. Torri/C. Corti (edd.), Central-North  Anatolia in the Hittite Period. New Perspectives in Light of Recent Research. Acts of the International Conference Held at the University of Florence (7-9 February 2007), (Roma 2009; = Studia Asiana 5), 71-96.          
  • 2010a   “Randnotizen zu einigen Briefen aus Mašat Höyük” in J. Fincke (ed.), Festschrift für Gernot Wilhelm anlässlich seines 65. Geburtstages am 28. Januar 2010” (ISLET, Dresden), 394-402. 
  • 2010b   “A Note on Hittite Envelopes and HKM 86” (with Cem Karasu), in Y. Cohen, A. Gilan, J.L. Miller (edd.), Pax Hethitica. Studies on the Hittites and their Neighbours in Honour of Itamar Singer (Wiesbaden; = StBoT 51), 372-377. 
  • 2010c   “The Hieroglyphic Luwian Signs L. 255 and 256 and Once Again KARATEPE XI” in I. Singer (ed.), ipamati kistamati pari tumatimis. Luwian and Hittite Studies Presented to J. David Hawkins on the Occasion of  His 70th Birthday (Tel Aviv 2010), 234-243. 
  • 2010d   “The Rise and Fall of Cuneiform Script in Hittite Anatolia” in Chr. Woods, E. Teeter, G. Emberling (edd.), Visible Language. Inventions of Writing in the Ancient Middle East and Beyond (Chicago 2010), 99-108.
  • 2010e   “Tabloid Seal, Scaraboid Seal”, object descriptions in Chr. Woods, E. Teeter, G. Emberling (edd.), Visible Language. Inventions of Writing in the Ancient Middle East and Beyond (Chicago 2010), 210-212. 
  • 2010f    “Studies in the Hittite Phraseological Construction. II. Its Origin”, Hethitica 16 (= Gedenkschrift für   Erich Neu, 2010) 191-204. 
  • 2010g   “LÚ.DUB.SAR.GIÅ  = ‘clerk’?”, Orientalia 79 (2010) 255-267 (= Festschrift for Alfonso Archi)
  • 2011a    “The Written Legacy of the Hittites” in H. Genz/D.P. Mielke (edd.), Insights into Hittite History and Archaeology (= Colloquia Antiqua 2; Leuven-Paris-Walpole, MA, 2011), 47-84.
  • 2011b   “The Hittite Empire from Textual Evidence” in S. Steadman/G. McMahon (edd.), The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Anatolia (Oxford University Press, Oxford-New York 2011), 900-913.
  • 2012a    “The Ductus of the Alalaḫ VII Texts and the Origin of the Hittite Cuneiform” in E. Devecchi (ed.), Palaeography and Scribal Practices in Syro-Palestine and Anatolia in the Late Bronze Age (Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten, Leiden) 147-170.
  • 2012b   “Die Rolle der Schrift in einer Geschichte der frühen hethitischen” in G. Wilhelm (ed.), Organization, Representation, and Symbol of Power in the Ancient Near East: Proceedings of the 54th Recontre Assyriologique Internationale (Eisenbraun, Winona Lake), 73-84.
  • 2012c   “Administration and Writing in Hittite Society” in M.E. Balza, M. Giorgieri e C. Mora (edd.), Archivi,   depositi, magazzini presso gli ittiti. Nuovi materiali e nuove ricerche./Archives, Depots and Storehouses in the Hittite World. New Evidence and New Research (= StMed. 23, Italian University Press, Genova 2012), 41-58.
  • 2013a “Zwei weitere Beamtensiegel aus Boğazköy”, Zeitschrift für Assyriologie 103, 43-44 (with Rukiye Akdoğan).
  • 2013b “Hitit Krallığı ve Imperatorluğu’nun Kısa Tarihi/A Short History of the Hittite Kingdom and Empire” in M. Doğan-Alparslan/M. Alparslan (edd.), Hititler. Bir Anadolu Imperatorluğu/Hittites. An Anatolian Empire (Tüpra®-Yapı Kredi Yayınları, Istanbul), 22-45 (Turkish and English).
  • 2014a “‘Two Old Tablets’: Thinking, Recording, and Writing History in Hittite Society” in K. Raaflaub (ed.), Thinking, Recording, and Writing History in the Ancient World (Wiley Blackwell, Chichester), pp. 169-186.
  • 2014b “Death Binds: On Some Rites Surrounding Death in Ancient Anatolia” and catalog entry “Cuneiform tablet: Fragment of the Hittite Royal Funerary Ritual” in V. Rimmer Herrmann/J. David Schloen (edd.), In Remembrance of Me. Feasting with the Dead in the Ancient Middle East (Chicago, Oriental Institute), 75-80 and 132.
  • 2014c “’Jong, maar … belangrijk’ Korte Geschiedenis van de Nederlandse Hethitologie” in O.E. Kaper/J.G. Dercksen (edd.), Waar de geschiedenis begon. Nederlandse onderzoekers in de ban van spijkerschrift, hiërogliefen en aardewerk. Uitgave naar aanleiding van het 75-jarig bestaan van het Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten, 1939-2014, (Leiden, Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten), pp. 63-72.
  • 2015 “Zu einer Stratigraphie der hethitischen Totenrituale” in A. Müller-Karpe/E. Rieken/W. Sommerfeld (edd.), Saeculum. Gedenkschrift für Heinrich Otten anlässlich seines 100. Geburtstags (= Studien zu den Boğazköy-Texten 58; Harrassowitz Verlag), 301-306.